Archive | June, 2015

Fishing Commission Helps Raise Funds To Protect Susquehanna River

On June 2, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that it has launched an “S.O.S. – Save Our Susquehanna!” campaign to fund water and soil conservation projects along the Susquehanna River. The group hopes to bolster the river’s young smallmouth bass population. Smallmouth bass have been plagued over the last decade by illness […]

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New Green Infrastructure Planning Grants Available in Virginia

Towns and cities across Virginia can receive up to $10,000 through a new grant program to map, evaluate, and plan for conserving their natural resources. As many as 10 localities, or planning district commissions, will be awarded grants later this year. With funding provided by the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service, grant recipients […]

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UK Retailers Commit to Phase Out Microbeads

On June 8, World Oceans Day, the conservation group Fauna & Flora International announced commitments by nearly all of Britain’s major retailers to phase out microbeads from their cosmetic and beauty products. This is the first comprehensive and accurate list of all the commitments made by UK manufacturers and retailers, and shows that industry is […]

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Wyoming Data Trespassing Law Discourages Water Quality Monitoring

Wyoming’s new data trespassing law makes it illegal to collect environmental data or to “preserve information in any form” about rural land if it is done on behalf of the government. Drafted by state senator Larry Hicks, the law discourages water quality monitoring by nonprofits and citizen scientists in an effort to prevent negative economic […]

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Freshwater Trust Methodology Helps Prioritize Water Resource Projects

The Freshwater Trust will expand a methodology based on geographic information systems (GIS). Known as StreamBank® BasinScout™, the trust will use this methodology to assess and prioritize potential restoration opportunities in California’s Russian River basin. Snaking southward and draining Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the Russian River provides drinking water for several hundred thousand Californians and […]

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Report Examines Flood Preparedness of 15 Canadian Cities

A new study assesses the flood preparedness of 15 major Canadian cities. The Co-operators, a Canadian insurance and investment company, commissioned the report, which was written by University of Waterloo Associate Professor Blair Feltmate and released on May 21. The project goal is to motivate cities to increase resilience against flooding and to provide a […]

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National Water Center Opens at University of Alabama

. On May 26, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the National Water Center, a new facility located at the University of Alabama. The center is poised to become an incubator for innovative breakthroughs in water prediction products and services. As the country becomes more vulnerable to water-related events — from drought to flooding […]

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Coalition Issues Call to Action for Ontario’s Urban Forests

On June 9, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO) issued Ontario’s Urban Forests: A Call to Action, identifying priority actions needed to help protect and sustain Ontario’s urban forests. GIO’s call to action urges the province to take a leadership role in working with the coalition’s members to develop a province-wide urban forest strategy. Ontario’s […]

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Registration Open for Great Water Cities: Collaborating for a Resilient Future

On July 21–22, experts will meet in New Orleans, La., to share perspectives and strategies for progressive, adaptable water management. Registration is open now for the next installment of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Great Water Cities series. Great Water Cities: Collaborating for a Resilient Future, organized with Greater New Orleans Inc. and the Sewerage […]

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WEF Releases Book on Water Quality Trading

On July 1, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will release Advances in Water Quality Trading as a Flexible Compliance Tool. This new book explores the status of water quality trading and recent changes in the sector. It is a guide for implementing and using water quality trading for regulatory compliance purposes. Water quality trading is […]

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